I didn’t know what to name this post.
My heart is full tonight and heavy at the same time. I am thankful.
Tonight, my cousin, Renee, hosted a prayer meeting for the family to pray over my cousin Clint. He is 25 and has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Clint is about to start a tough process to get his body ready for a transplant.
It was hard to go to this meeting, to be honest. I have the hardest time leaving my parent’s place (oh yeah – we are visiting my family in Alabama) when we are here. A storm was coming which was another excuse not to go. I wanted to see everyone and pray for Clint, but I treasure every moment at my parent’s place when we are here and just have a hard time running around.
Anyway, we went. Sarah wanted to go. She is so good for me. Mom, Sarah, and I loaded up to go. I was so happy we went the moment we drove up. I saw Clint’s grandparents from the the other side, Mr. and Mrs. Cleckler. I have memories of staying at their house when I was younger. A moment later, Aunt Bet, Uncle Jerry and Aunt Janice, Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Peggy, and Uncle Olin walked in. Uncle Jerry said, ” How come Amy never ages (totally playing me)”. I replied, “You are my favorite uncle”. I love these people so much. Unfortunately, I am not around them too much and I forget how much I miss them until I lay eyes on them.
Once we got settled, we started. I sat around this circle and listened to such heartfelt prayers for one of our own. Sarah went around the room handing tissues to those that needed it. We heard Mr. Cleckler, pray such a hard and sincere prayer that I will always remember. At the end, we stood hand and hand. I was in between Uncle Olin and Uncle Jerry as Uncle Lawrence lead us in prayer. Then, Sarah closed us.
We heard her heart. She was broken for her cousin. She told God that she wished she could take Clint’s place. She pleaded with God to heal him and make him better. She told God that she loved Him so much.
Tonight my heart is full. I am thankful that we have a family that prays. I am thankful for the example set before me. I am thankful for unconditional love. I am thankful for Hope.
Clint, you are so loved.
May God bless you and keep you. May his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May he turn His face upon you and give you Peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)